Second-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout maintains prioritisation by age
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has published advice on rolling out COVID-19 vaccination beyond the initial nine priority cohorts - with jabs to continue to be targeted by age. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

PCNs paid £70m for first-wave COVID-19 jab campaign as NHS plots next phase of rollout
Primary care network (PCN) COVID-19 vaccination sites have been paid £70m this month for the jabs they delivered in the first wave of the campaign in December and January, NHS England has revealed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Half of patients with possible cancer symptoms avoided contacting GP in first wave
Almost half of people who experienced potential cancer symptoms in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic did not contact their GP, a study has shown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS unveils £4.2m fund to tackle vaccine inequality
CCGs with low uptake of COVID-19 vaccine in ethnic minority, marginalised or deprived communities will be supported to boost uptake through a £4.2m NHS fund. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

150,000 more people with learning disabilities prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine
Around 150,000 more people will be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) backed jabs for all people on GP learning disability registers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 24, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

London GP personally calling at-risk patients to boost COVID-19 vaccine uptake
London GP Dr Farzana Hussain is personally telephoning scores of patients who have yet to accept a COVID-19 jab in a bid to tackle low uptake in her area. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 24, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP sites could deliver 100m COVID-19 jabs in 2021 under government vaccine plan
GP-led sites could deliver more than 100m doses of COVID-19 vaccine this year under government plans to offer first doses to the entire adult population by 31 July and start a booster jab campaign from autumn. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 24, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Updated COVID-19 enhanced service offers extra funding to vaccinate hard to reach groups
GP practices could be offered 'additional discretionary payments' to boost vaccine uptake in hard-to-reach patients, following an update to the COVID-19 enhanced service. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP premises need major investment to let PCNs recruit, warns BMA
Primary care networks (PCNs) are struggling to make use of hundreds of millions of pounds in recruitment cash because practices have no room to accommodate new staff, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Premises Source Type: news

GP practices trialling HPV home testing could trigger national cervical screening overhaul
Female patients from 166 GP practices in London will be offered HPV home testing kits as part of a new study that is aiming to boost uptake of cervical screening and could see the tests adopted across England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Map: How widely does COVID-19 vaccine coverage vary between CCGs?
CCG-level data on COVID-19 vaccine coverage has been made available for the first time. GPonline breaks down what it shows and maps variation across England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government must not be afraid to put brakes on lockdown exit plan, warns BMA
The government must not be afraid of 'putting the brakes' on its four-stage plan to ease lockdown in England if COVID-19 cases begin to rise again, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Medical school applications up by a fifth for 2021
Applications for medical school places at UK universities are up by a fifth compared to last year, marking a second record-breaking year in a row that looks set to drive up competition for limited places. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 23, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine impact hailed as Johnson outlines four-stage plan to ease lockdown
A single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine cuts risk of hospitalisation and infection substantially, Public Health England has confirmed, as prime minister Boris Johnson outlined a four-stage plan to ease lockdown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines cut hospitalisation risk by around 90% early data show
Preliminary data on the impact of COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland show that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/Astra Zeneca jabs reduce risk of hospitalisation substantially - in results hailed as 'very encouraging'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

QCovid tool to be reviewed by NHS Digital after healthy women wrongly advised to shield
An ‘active review’ is underway to investigate why healthy women with a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes were wrongly advised to shield by the government’s QCovid risk tool, NHS Digital has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

CQC sets out plans to scrap routine on-site GP practice inspections
The CQC has set out plans to move away from routine on-site inspections of GP practices, as part of a consultation process to improve how the it assesses primary care services. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 19, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Global sum to increase by £3.82 per patient in England in 2021/22
The global sum in England is to increase by £3.82 per patient to £97.28 from April - a 4% increase - the BMA GP committee has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 19, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

BMA backs MPs pushing for financial compensation for NHS staff with long COVID
The BMA has backed calls from MPs for NHS workers with long COVID to receive financial compensation, amid criticism that staff suffering from the condition have been abandoned by the government. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Extending list of symptoms for COVID-19 tests would identify a third more cases, study finds
Extending the list of symptoms that allow people to book a COVID-19 test could help detect around a third more cases, researchers have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 18, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

GMC publishes updated guidance on remote prescribing to reflect impact of pandemic
The GMC has published updated guidance on remote prescribing to reflect a huge shift away from face-to-face consultations during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Prescribing Source Type: news

£10 COVID-19 vaccine fee extended as NHS says 1,100 GPs returned to help jab rollout
More than 1,000 GPs returned to the performers list to support the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, NHS England has revealed - as it confirmed a £10 supplement for vaccinating people in residential settings. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Shielding overhaul welcomed despite fears over extra pressure on practices
GP practices face a surge in administrative workload after the addition of 1.7m patients to shielding lists in England - but the overhaul has been broadly welcomed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

CQC to explore 'longstanding concerns' over potential ratings bias against BAME GPs
The CQC is planning to investigate ‘longstanding concerns’ that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) GP partners may be more likely to score lower in practice ratings. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: CQC Source Type: news

US company's subsidiary to hold nearly 1% of GP contracts in England
A subsidiary of a giant US healthcare company is set to hold nearly 1% of GP contracts in England - making it the country's largest provider of NHS primary care with around half a million patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine priority groups expanded as 1.7m added to shielding list
More than 800,000 extra patients will be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination after a major expansion of the shielding list based on data from a risk assessment tool. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

'Amazing effort in the most challenging of times': GPs hailed for COVID-19 vaccine drive
General practice teams have been praised by the BMA for their ‘amazing effort’ in helping to deliver 15m first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the midst of the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP-led sites deliver jabs to 10m people in one month as UK hits 15m target
GP-led vaccination sites have delivered nearly 10m doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the past month alone as the UK met its target of offering a first dose to 15m people by 15 February. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Health inequalities are 'direct result of institutional racism'
Large inequalities in health are the result of systemic institutional racism that has produced a 'truly rigged system', a world-leading public health expert has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

GPs twice as likely as hospital doctors to receive abuse from patients in pandemic
GPs are nearly twice as likely to have received abuse from patients during the COVID-19 pandemic as their counterparts in hospital, a poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Tackling 'undoable' workload key to reversing GP workforce crisis
Retaining experienced GPs will remain a 'massive challenge' unless unmanageable workload is addressed and doctors are no longer expected to see 50-60 patients a day, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Pandemic leaves three quarters of GPs fearing investigation over factors outside their control
Over three quarters of GPs fear the COVID-19 pandemic will leave them facing investigations triggered by factors outside their control such as delayed referrals or disruption to services, a poll shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Medico-legal Source Type: news

Proportion of NHS budget spent on primary care must double, says RCGP chair
The NHS must double the proportion of its annual budget spent on primary care to match the world's most effective integrated healthcare systems, the RCGP chair has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

GPs to begin 'cohort 6' COVID-19 jabs from 15 February - and second doses from 1 March
GPs will start vaccinating patients in 'cohort 6' - those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions - from 15 February, and will focus on administering second doses for other patients from 1 March. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs to begin 'cohort 6' COVID-19 jabs next week - and second doses from 1 March
GPs will start vaccinating patients in 'cohort 6' - those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions - next week, and will focus on administering second doses for other patients from 1 March. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 12, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

How a virtual reality app is being used to support GP recruitment
A virtual reality app, which shows what it is like to be a GP in the NHS, is being used to support international recruitment and to inspire A-level students to consider a career in general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

'Real life' consultations could be kept under permanent changes to CSA exam
‘Real life’ consultations held by GP trainees in the recorded consultation assessment (RCA) could be retained as part of a permanent shakeup to the CSA exam, the RCGP has suggested. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP training Source Type: news

Nine in 10 over 70s given first COVID-19 jab as NHS nears 15m target
Nearly nine in 10 people aged over 70 in England have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the NHS nears its target of administering 15m first doses UK-wide by 15 February. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs need 'strong voice' in NHS after white paper reforms, warns RCGP
GPs must have a 'strong voice' within integrated care systems (ICSs) as they take over CCG budgets and commissioning powers under NHS reforms unveiled by the government, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

Sweeping NHS reform must not be 'rushed through' in pandemic, warns BMA
BMA leaders have hit out at plans for 'sweeping reorganisation' of the NHS set out by the government as the health service struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP relationship with patients 'as important as a scalpel to a surgeon', says RCGP chair
Effective general practice relies on GPs' ability to develop relationships with patients - but this essential feature of the profession is at risk, the RCGP chair has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: RCGP Source Type: news

Government ordered to investigate link between PPE shortages and NHS COVID-19 deaths
MPs have given the government until July to report on whether PPE shortages directly contributed to COVID-19 infections and deaths in NHS staff, after a report warned health professionals had ‘risked their own and families lives’ to provide care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Vaccine rollout under threat as COVID-19 infections hit waste collection staff
A mounting toll of COVID-19 infection among staff involved in waste collection from NHS vaccination sites threatens to slow down the vaccine rollout, a waste collection management company has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Rise in GP trainee numbers 'does not go far enough to address workforce crisis'
The increase in the number of GP trainees in the UK over the past few years is 'too little, too late' and does not go far enough to address the current workforce crisis, a leading health management expert has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Michael Caine and Elton John record video to promote COVID-19 vaccine
Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine have recorded a video backing COVID-19 jabs, ending with the actor delivering a message in trademark style: 'My name is Michael Caine. I've just had a vaccine for COVID. It didn't hurt - not a lot of people know that.' (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Confusion over mass vaccination sites leaves GP practices fielding 'hundreds of calls'
Practices have faced an ‘avalanche’ of calls from patients after the opening of mass vaccination sites left many confused over where to go for COVID-19 jabs - putting patient care at risk, GPs have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

750,000 unvaccinated over-70s urged to book COVID-19 jabs
The government has urged people over 70 who have yet to receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to book a jab as the UK targets 15m first doses by 15 February. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Relief for locums as freeze on pension '10-week rule' extended for 2021/22
Locum GPs will have longer to declare pensionable income this year after officials confirmed a freeze on the ‘10-week rule’ will continue in 2021/22 due to COVID-19 pressures. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

NHS faces 2.9m jabs a week to hit May over-50s target - with booster campaign to follow
GPs face intense pressure as the profession targets COVID-19 jabs for over 50s by May, with a booster campaign to follow - amid concerns that patients requiring proof of vaccination for holidays will land practices with extra red tape. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Publicity campaign needed to boost BAME COVID-19 vaccine uptake, RCGP warns
A national publicity campaign backed by faith leaders and public figures from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities is needed to increase uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine in groups hit hard by the virus, the RCGP has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news